This week saw Air France announce its plans to serve up to 191 destinations in the Summer of 2023 as post-COVID recovery continues.
The 191 destinations will be across 89 different countries, with the carrier noting that the network & schedule will now be at 2019 levels.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Air France’s Long-Haul Focus…
To bring together a level of briefness, below is a table of the long-haul focuses that Air France is paying attention to in Summer 2023:
|Beijing||1x daily||By July 1 (Frequencies gradually to be increased through the Spring).|
|Shanghai||1x daily||By July 1 (Frequencies gradually to be increased through the Spring).|
|Hong Kong||1x daily||By July 1 (Frequencies gradually to be increased through the Spring).|
|Tokyo Haneda||11x weekly||Summer 2023|
|Tokyo Narita||3x weekly||Summer 2023|
|USA||180x weekly||Summer 2023|
|Canada||50x weekly||Summer 2023 – Addition of CDG-Ottawa on May 27 (5x weekly) – Resumption of CDG-Quebec City on May 2|
|Dar es Salaam||Tbc||June 12, 2023|
|Zanzibar||3x weekly||Summer 2023|
|Nairobi||1x daily||Will become Daily by June 2023.|
|Cayenne||1x weekly||May 5, 2023|
|Belem||1x weekly||May 5, 2023|
With this all in mind, the number of long-haul destinations increases to 85, with the total weekly international flights outside of Europe standing at well over 277 weekly flights.
It is also key to note on the long-haul side for Air France that services to Johannesburg will be next on the list of destinations to receive the new long-haul cabins that are being installed on 12 Boeing 777-300ERs.
A Look at Short-Haul for Summer 2023…
Looking to short-haul, Air France will operate up to 650 flights per day to French and European destinations.
The carrier said the following in its statement:
“Over and above its regular schedule, the airline will operate 66 seasonal routes in France and Europe, taking off from Paris and regional French airports.”
“These flights will make it possible to reach Corsica (from Paris, Bordeaux, Caen, Rennes, Lille, Lyon, and Nantes), Greece (from Paris, Marseille, Nice, and Toulouse), Algeria (from Paris, Marseille, Nice, and Toulouse), Morocco (from Paris and Nice), and Tunisia as well (from Paris, Marseille and Nice).”
“Meanwhile, the Air France-KLM Group’s low-cost affiliate, Transavia France, will operate close to 200 short- and medium-haul routes to 120 destinations this summer, including 100 from/to Paris-Orly.”
“This will make it the top low-cost airline operating out of Paris’ airports.”
It remains clear that France is going to be heavily connected by its flagship carrier in the Summer season.
Looking at this busy period of the year, it is great news for Air France from the perspective that networking and schedule are coming back to pre-pandemic levels.
This enables the carrier to have a period of full operations, where revenue capture hasn’t been more vital post-COVID.
But for now, all eyes are on Air France to see how the Summer season goes.